INPAWS members have much to offer teachers and children in our schools. Those with expertise can support teachers in delivering an environmental curriculum. Those with gardening skill can help children plant native plants and watch what insects and birds come to their gardens. Those who love nature can share their enthusiasm as they participate in outdoor hikes with the children.
Several central Indiana school initiatives are exploring how volunteers can best support environmental learning inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to learn with us by participating in these projects.
Avon Outdoor Learning Center
The Avon OLC (Avon Public Schools) is a 7-acre pocket of native woodland cleared of invasive plants. A part-time environmental educator supports visits by more than 5,000 students annually.
IPS Cold Spring School Environmental Studies Magnet
Elementary school children (Indianapolis Public Schools) are growing vegetable plants from seed and selling them as a school project. INPAWS members have designed a native plant demonstration garden (woods edge plant community) and a prairie and are active members of the Friends of Cold Spring School, which seeks to establish relationships with environmentally minded organizations to benefit the school children.
IPS Harshman Magnet Middle School for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and World Languages
Middle school children (Indianapolis Public Schools) have planted an urban vegetable garden to be maintained by neighbors. They are also designing a native plant demonstration garden in their courtyard. To help, contact science teacher Mr. Ben Paliki at the school.
From INPAWS Journal
“Gwow, Twees! How Avon Outdoor Learning Center Instills a Love of Nature” Interview by Wendy Ford with Carol Ford, Coordinator, Avon Outdoor Learning Center Autumn 2007
“Rain, Rain, Come and Stay: A Rain Garden Partnership” by Ken Remenschneider, ASLA, CLARB, Remenschneider Associates, Inc. Summer 2011